Saturday, March 12, 2016

Thor's Ball-Peen Hammer: 1963 Volvo L3304 Recon

The Volvo L3304 was a light reconnaissance vehicle built on a similar chassis to the L3314 Laplander, except it didn't use a cab forward setup like the other L33 vehicles; instead it used a conventional setup like a Jeep.  Find this 1963 Volvo L3304 Recon here on eBay bidding for $1,900 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Carrollton, TX.  Tip from Matt C.

The L3304 is best described as a light 4X4 support vehicle -- think a Swedish version of the original Army Jeep.  This one has a crisscross roll cage that could be used to mount some kind of heavy machine gun, but you'd be a sitting duck trying to shoot people.

Up front is a Volvo B18 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that is attached a manual gearbox equipped with a 2-speed transfer case with selectable 2 or 4 wheel drive. 

With something around 85 horsepower from the B18, this thing won't be a speed demon, but with 5 main bearings and a basic ruggedness, it should outlast WW4.

See a cool way to drive around in a military style thing?


  1. Love the exposed steering column and the steering box hung way out on the nose.

    My guess is that any L3304 crew that plans on skulking around behind the hedges is gonna lose that giant birdcage on top in a hurry.

    1. That shifter looks straight out of a 122.

  2. How do you say, "Jeep that swallows tires" in Swedish?

    This is a phenomenal combination of rugged Volvo mechanical bits and ultra utility.

    Honestly surprised it is not at $10K.

  3. Sorry for a 2nd entry, but I think is a dealer from that insipid white trash Dallas Car Sharks.

    This might be the guy who built a hideous Richard Petty "Tribute" Nascar "racer."

    Tribute?, it was more like a celebrity roast car.


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